DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:
Oddly enough, a "Manly Death" does not have to be performed by a male. The only definition is that someone looks certain death in the eye and spits in it, then continues to spit while being utterly destroyed. Shuffling off this mortal coil with a stiff upper lip knows no gender, but it is a way to go that earns a salute from me. Sometimes a character starts out weak and unassuming, then surprises everyone by going out like a boss. Other times a character will claim they're made of sandpaper and whisky the entire film's runtime, and then prove it to be true as they meet their end with their head held high. The tears that come from these scenes and these movies are not ones of sadness, but rather of pride and comradery. We stand with these brave souls, and wish them god speed.
1. Aliens: Vasquez
Right off the bat and a woman is on the list of manly deaths? It's almost as if this list isn't sexist! If Alien was about reactionary horror, Aliens is about the half-cocked machismo of a counter -attack. These commandoes think that since they've killed humans they're fully trained to kill a brood of acid-blood nightmare monsters. How'd that work out for ya?
Not well, if the fate of Vasquez and Borman are any indication. Borman was fresh from the academy, and his booksmarts quickly failed him when out in the field. This article would run quite long listing all the failures that Borman had, the inverse is true of Vasquez. She's introduced as confident and macho, and never waivers. From her awesome gun rig that's almost bigger than she is to her way of antagonizing her team, Vasquez is macho to the max (what is this, the 80's?) When her and Borman get surrounded by the aliens, the two go out with a grenade taking as many out as they can. Like. A. Boss.